Couple fall to death from popular photo spot at Yosemite National Park

A man and woman have tragically died after falling from a popular lookout spot at California’s Yosemite National Park.

The couple are understood to have plunged 245 metres to their deaths from Taft Point, a lookout which offers breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and vertical rock formation El Capitan.

It’s not yet known how or when the couple fell, with investigations into their deaths currently ongoing.


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“A male and female visitor died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park,” the National Park Service confirmed in a statement.

“Yosemite National Park Rangers are recovering the bodies this morning.”

The lookout where the tragedy occurred has become a well-known destination for proposal and wedding photos, with an image from the popular spot going viral just last week.

Photographer Matthew Dippel took to social media in a bid to track down a couple whose marriage proposal he just so happened to capture on his camera.

“Alright Internet I need your help,” he wrote. “Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018. I took this photo and would love for them to find it.”

The image was shared more than 20,000 times and received thousands of comments.

Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on…

Posted by Matthew Dippel on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Local media report there have been ten fatalities at Yosemite National Park this year.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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